Maine Plans to Halve Oil Use by 2050

On June 9, 2011, the Maine Legislature established oil savings targets and commissioned the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security to make recommendations for cutting oil consumption by at least 30 percent in 2030 and 50 percent in 2050 (from 2007 levels). 

An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security

LD 553 proposes that the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, with input from stakeholders and the state’s renewable energy & energy efficiency trust, establish targets to reduce Maine oil consumption by at least 30 percent in 2030 and 50 percent in 2050 (from 2007 levels).  The targets should prioritize increasing energy efficiency and transitioning to renewable energy in transportation and heating.  The targets should draw on existing data and analyses related to the state’s climate change and energy use plans.  The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security should make recommendations with any suggested legislation by December 1, 2012, along with cost and resource estimates for technology development.

LD 553 - An Act To Improve Maine's Energy Security